Israel is so full of unique things to see and do, and
tour schedules are so packed, it is sometimes difficult to find time to
just relax. Well, if you can make the time, there's no better place than
the beaches of Netanya, some of the most beautiful in Israel.
it doesn't have any major tourist attractions, the city is sometimes overlooked,
but it is a convenient stop, just one hour from Jerusalem, thirty minutes
north of Tel Aviv and twenty minutes south of Caesarea.
Netanya was founded in 1929 by citrus farmers, but is
now is primarily a center for tourism and the diamond trade. Israel is
one of the world's largest exporters of diamonds (this is the country's
principal export to the U.S.), and Netanya is home to many diamond-cutters
and polishers who came to Palestine primarily from Belgium before and
during World War II.
Netanya was named in
honor of philanthropist Nathan Straus, the owner of Macy's department store
in New York at the turn of the century.